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Overview

Our MSc in Information Technology is ideal if you have a degree in a subject other than IT or computing and would like to develop much sought after business-relevant IT knowledge and skills.

The MSc IT will help you to become a modern IT professional who can analyse, design, deploy, utilise and manage business-relevant IT-based systems and services. You will enhance, considerably, your understanding of modern IT-based business systems and learn how to address related development, acquisition and deployment issues in modern organisations.

The MSc IT examines issues, trends, current practices and technological alternatives in the field of business Information Technology and provides you with up-to-date technological and business skills, and specialist knowledge to help you design and/or implement appropriate, IT-driven solutions in ways that address the needs of modern business organisations.

The MSc IT provides a common foundation in IT for all students. This is then followed by a selection of modules which fall into two themes and depends upon your career goals and ambitions: a technical theme (eg Web Development, Database Development, Web Development or Networking); or a Business IT theme (eBusiness, Management or Analytics).

The course was broad which allowed me to choose an area of specialisation, so I decided to choose software development. Another benefit was that the University had a tie in with Microsoft which allowed me to access free development environments.

Chris Burns, MSc Information Technology graduate and graduate software developer at Aggreko

Career prospects

Upon completion, you can seek a job as an IT Consultant, IT Systems Developer, e-Business Specialist, Information Officer, Information Systems Manager, Database Developer, Business Analyst or Data Analyst.

Our graduates enjoy careers at organisations such as NHS, Public Organisations, Local Authorities, and companies such as Amazon, Atos, Adobe Systems, IBM, Aggreko, CAP-Gemini, DXC Technology (formerly HP), Dell, Morgan Stanley, RBS, Clydesdale Bank, and various SMEs.

Professional recognition

The MSc IT is partially-accredited by the British Computer Society (full-time/part-time formats only; not our fully online format). This means it partially meets the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

An Honours degree from any area other than IT or computing, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our course consists of a combination of core and specialisation-option modules. Please note that specialisations are offered subject to demand.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Business Computer Networks (core, 20 credits)
  • Database Design (core, 20 credits)
  • Object-Oriented Analysis & Design (core, 10 credits)
  • Research Design and Methods (core, 10 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you will select a further 60 credits from the following optional modules:

  • Ethics for the IT Professional (optional, 10 credits)

Database Theme

  • Oracle Database Development (optional, 20 credits)
  • NoSQL Databases (optional, 20 credits)

Analytics Theme

  • Database Applications for Business (optional, 10 credits)

Web Theme

  • Web Development (optional, 20 credits)
  • Dynamic Web Applications (optional, 20 credits)

Networking Theme

  • Wireless Networking (optional, 20 credits)
  • Data and Network Security (optional, 20 credits)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Applications (optional, 20 credits)

Business Theme

  • e-Business Management and Technology (optional, 20 credits)
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design (optional, 20 credits)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc IT Project Dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching and Assessment

Our MSc Information Technology course employs face to face large and small group delivery and activities supported by the use of Moodle. Small group tutorials are favoured as they are key to the development of behavioural and effective competencies. These are the competencies needed by employers, to develop reflective IT practitioners engaging in purposeful activity for the benefit of the business or organisation.

Your assessment will take the form of:

  • Course work
  • Class tests
  • Formal examinations

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Information Technology Course Structure

Tuition Fees

Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,300 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,300 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£14,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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